EN reader Ashley Giles posted this fun video of Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance in the Jumper Calcutta at the American Trakehner Association’s annual convention this past weekend in Ohio.
“The idea is to get as many points as you can within one minute,” Ashley said. “Certain jumps are worth more points because they are higher, which is why she figure 8s over the two jumps and nearly falls off.”
But us you’ll see in the video, Jessica hangs on with a great save to ultimately tie for the lead and send her to a jump off, which she posted a video of on the Phoenix Equestrian Team Facebook page. Watch Jessica and “Blue” win the jump off here:
Blue, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred/Trakehner mare by A Fine Romance, was originally meant to be Jessica’s mount for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy but had to be withdrawn at the last minute due to an abscess. In addition to rocking the Jumper Calcutta, Blue also had the highest score in the ATA mare approval.
It’s great to see the little mare back in action and looking so light on her toes here. Great riding, Jessie!